Does your photo file contain images of Vietnam veterans? Or can you reach out to your readers to find the photos?
CNPA and other newspaper associations are joining forces to obtain missing photos to fill in the blanks at the Wall of Faces sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation.
The memorial documents all 58,286 soldiers killed in the Vietnam War. It lacks more than 1,800 photos of California Vietnam veterans.
On your behalf, CNPA is collecting photos and providing as many to the VVMF as it can.
"With their strong ties to their communities, California newspapers are uniquely positioned to assist with this important project to honor Vietnam veterans and their families," CNPA Executive Director Tom Newton said.
What should you do?
1. Go to: http://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/
2. Click Advanced Search, to the right of the search box
3. Input a city, county, or state name based on the desired search
4. Scroll to the last box and check: Does Not Have a Default Photo
5. Hit Submit
This will yield the most current results for the names of Vietnam veterans missing.
Or, click to download a spreadsheet of missing California photos. Publish a story about the project and let readers know about the missing images from your community.
Back story? It began with a Wisconsin publisher
Story ideas? Here are two from Wisconsin
Leader –Telegram, Eau Claire
The Journal Times, Racine
Those with photos -- newspaper staffers or readers -- should send to Joe Wirt at CNPA. We will track submissions and forward them to the veterans project.
Deadline? The effort ends Nov. 11, Veterans Day. But start now: The project ideally supports any upcoming Memorial Day content published by you, our members.